The story of Alabama is a rich heritage of struggle and progress. Our state has confronted history’s most pressing social and political conflicts and cultivated some of its most distinguished leaders. Emerging economic development and rich intellectual resources confirm the state’s potential, yet great inequity remains. Alabama continues to be one of the poorest states in the country. However, building upon and deeply influenced by the legacies of Alabama’s past, the story of Alabama can and will be one of hope and progress for each of its children.
Mission Statement: Impact America engages college students and recent graduates to address community needs, empowering a generation through collaborative efforts to promote change in the communities we serve.
Summary of Position:
The Media Production Fellowship at Impact America – Alabama is available to creative and self-motivated individuals with training in documentary/nonfiction filmmaking who are looking for an opportunity to gain experience in visual storytelling and media production for a statewide nonprofit. The Fellowship is currently offered to one recent college graduate for a year-long position based in Birmingham, Alabama, with the opportunity to travel and work on projects across Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, and northern Florida.
The Fellowship offers the opportunity to build a portfolio of short-format nonfiction and documentary style films and to develop storytelling skills both to educate and promote social causes. Working with hard deadlines, at a fast pace, on multiple simultaneous projects, the Media Fellow will help develop and fulfill Impact America’s yearly media production strategy. If you are graduating film school, passionate about social causes and the power of documentary filmmaking, and looking for engaging creative work, the Media Production Fellowship might be perfect for you.
- Work one on one with the Media Production Coordinator in a collaborative two person team to fulfill Impact America’s media strategy
- Produce short films that highlight Impact America’s initiatives as well as the individuals served by the organization’s programs
- Produce short films that combat negative stereotypes of poverty by telling complex transformational narratives of community, dignity, and hope (in the style of our Stories from the Line initiative)
- Travel across Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, and northern Florida to shoot video interviews and b-roll footage
- Work with HD/DSLR cameras and professional lighting and sound equipment
- Utilize Adobe Premiere to edit videos
- Photograph the work and service activities of Impact America’s volunteers
- Edit camera raw images in Adobe Bridge/Photoshop
- Help oversee media management of video footage
- Monthly living stipend
- $5,815 educational award for graduate studies or student loans (to be received at the end of the year)
- Assistance in locating housing
- Mileage reimbursement at the federal rate
- Meals when traveling out of town
Skills Required: Successful candidates will possess training and experience in documentary/nonfiction storytelling, the ability to use professional film/photography equipment and editing software (Adobe Premiere, Bridge, and Photoshop), attention to detail, a desire to tell positive stories of families living near the poverty line, leadership skills, flexibility in a fast-paced environment, creativity, and a positive attitude.
Additional information: The fellowship begins July 24, 2017, and ends July 20, 2018, and is based in Birmingham, Alabama (some flexibility can be provided with the end date as long as all projects have been completed and a minimum number of hours has been earned). This a full-time (40 hours per week) position. You will receive ten vacation days plus holiday breaks (including a 3-day holiday break at Thanksgiving, 2-week winter holiday at the end of December, and a 2-day spring holiday in April).
DEADLINE TO APPLY: APRIL 18
For questions, contact Will Johnston-Carter, Media Production Coordinator